Harvard vs Arizona March Madness Pick

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Harvard Crimson
vs.
Arizona Wildcats

Date/Time: Saturday March 23, 6:10 pm EST

Television: TNT

College Basketball Odds from Sportsbook.AG

Point Spread: Arizona -10

Total: 133

 

Basketball Betting Game Trends

Harvard Crimson

  • Harvard is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
  • Harvard is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games
  • Harvard is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record
  • Harvard is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win
  • Harvard is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win
  • Harvard is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games

Arizona Wildcats

  • Arizona is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games
  • Arizona is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games
  • Under is 7-1-1 in Arizona’s last 9 non-conference games
  • Under is 22-4 in Arizona’s last 26 Saturday games
  • Under is 9-2-1 in Arizona’s last 12 neutral site games

 

The biggest upset in Thursday’s second-round action of the NCAA Tournament was completed by the 14th-seeded Harvard Crimson (20-9 straight-up, 14-12-1 against the spread), who stunned the third-seeded New Mexico Lobos 68-62 for the biggest win in school history. Now Harvard must face the sixth-seeded Arizona Wildcats (26-7 SU, 15-16 ATS) on Saturday off their impressive 81-64 victory against 11th-seeded Belmont. The teams will play the first game of the night before Gonzaga vs. Wichita State in the West Region at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

After No. 14 Davidson nearly beat No. 3 Marquette earlier on Thursday, bettors had to wonder if the Crimson would fade in similar fashion. But Harvard finished what it started, led by Laurent Rivard and his five 3-pointers, while Wesley Saunders topped the team with 18 points, including eight from the free-throw line. New Mexico’s Tony Snell was also held in check, totaling just nine points on 4-of-12 shooting.

Arizona wrapped up a great day for the Pac-12 Conference by routing the Bruins, another so-called darling of March Madness that failed to live up to the hype. The Pac-12 went 3-0 SU and ATS on Thursday with two 12-5 upsets, as Oregon knocked off Oklahoma State and Cal edged UNLV. The Wildcats had the biggest margin of victory though and easily covered the 4.5-point spread. Arizona also dominated Belmont inside, outscoring the Bruins 36-18 in the paint and outrebounding them by a 44-18 margin. Mark Lyons scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Wildcats and made three of the team’s nine 3-pointers.

This will be an interesting matchup, but one that Arizona clearly should win. The Wildcats may have struggled down the stretch, failing to cover seven of 11, but this is a new season with an easier path to the Sweet 16 now than they had expected. Meanwhile, Harvard hopes to follow Cornell and send an Ivy League team to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010 when the Big Red did it. The key for Arizona will be not underestimating the Crimson and realizing the West is wide open for them, especially with top seed Gonzaga also struggling on Thursday.

The magic number for the Wildcats lately seems to be 70 points. In the last nine games they have scored 70 or more, they are 8-1. And they have dropped four of their past five when they have scored less than 70. Meanwhile, Harvard has given up more than 66 points twice in its last 10 games and lost both times.

Look for Arizona to push the pace and blow the Crimson out of the arena…

Pick: Arizona 75, Harvard 60

Vegas Matty

"Vegas" Matty Simo is the owner of Content Champs Consulting, offering clients over 20 years experience with winning content development & online marketing solutions and specializing in sportswriting. Matty began writing about sports gambling in 1996 with Computer Sports World, which later became DBC Sports and Vegas Insider. He was named Senior Editor of DBC Sports in 1997 and worked alongside legendary oddsmaker Michael “Roxy” Roxborough on a nationally syndicated column called Sports Book Insider. He later founded Content Champs to continue his passion for sports, betting and writing.

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